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Prepare Ye!. Isaiah 40:2-4 & John 3:1-3 Second Sunday of Advent Preached at Union Church, Quincy Michigan December 8, 2013 Rev. John W. Landis, DMin. “Ready for Christmas!”. What we define as “ Ready ”. Decorations out House Clean Shopping done .

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Prepare Ye!

Isaiah 40:2-4 & John 3:1-3

Second Sunday of Advent

Preached at Union Church, Quincy Michigan

December 8, 2013

Rev. John W. Landis, DMin


“Ready for Christmas!”


What we define as “Ready”

  • Decorations out

  • House Clean

  • Shopping done


Symptoms of what Christmas (?)has become!


We Prepare for the Wrong ThingstheWrong Way!


Christmas for many is:

A Time to:

Stretch already stretched schedules

  • Spend money we don’t have; on things we don’t need

  • Rip and Run

    • Noise and Chaos


What should we prepare for?

  • Christ to enter our lives

  • To share the “Good News”

  • To help those who God sends our way

  • To show God’s love

    • Through our actions


What should we prepare for?

  • To enjoy the gifts that God gives

    • Family

    • Each other

    • Opportunities

      • To worship

      • To serve

        • Be part of God’s plan

      • To know God


To spend Eternityin the Kingdom of God


How?

  • Stop running around

    • Be quiet

  • Focus on the message of Christmas

  • Figure out how you would tell YOUR story of God’s work in your life


How?

  • Pray

  • Read the Bible and Meditate

    • Listen– Quietly

  • Look for opportunity

  • Acquire Skills and Knowledge

  • Look for the Blessings

  • Rejoice and Be Glad


Then WAIT PATIENTLY


As a Congregation . . .

Your Waiting is Like Mary’s

A Pregnant waiting!


Prepare to give birth to something NEW!


That to which you will give birthwill have some of the same traits and some different ones!


We need the courage and openness to God’s will of Mary and Joseph!


And as with Mary and Josephthere is a journey to take!


Don’t be surprised if in the birthing there is some PAIN


And as with a child there will be good days and tough days!


What will come forth will be a gift from God!


We need to prepare for the JourneyWe need to prepare to give BirthWe need to prepare to receive the New!We need to be prepared to share the Blessing!


Now go and prepare for the gift of the coming days.


Prepare . . .then be Readyto receive the tidings of Comfort and Joywhich is for all people


Christ is Coming!Are you Prepared?


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